Salmon Field Office
Member Since: 07/22/2013
Contact: Elizabeth Townley
1206 South Challis St
Salmon, ID 83467
Salmon, Idaho is a small community approximately 3500 people in size located in a rural western landscape. The closest metropolitan area is Missoula, MT, 240 miles to the North, but one would probably not consider Missoula to be truly metropolitan. The Salmon Field Office is approximately 500,000 acres in size and is nestled between the Bitterroot Mountains and the Continental Divide to the East, and the Salmon River Mountain Range to the West. The HOL site utilizes diverse terrain within the field office.
Educational Partners: Salmon Valley Stewardship, Salmon High School, Salmon Middle School, Salmon, Idaho Mountain Bike Association-The HUB
- Big Picture
The Salmon HOL program provides youth with learning opportunities of broader ecological themes such as: multiple use management, the landscape approach to public land management, forestry and riparian restoration, climate change, fire ecology and defensible space. Carrying capacity, in regards to both recreation use and wildlife populations, and career opportunities in public land management are also integrated throughout these ecological themed learning experiences.
The Salmon Field Office Bureau of Land Management (BLM) established a Hands on the Land (HOL) site in Salmon, Idaho in 2012. As part of the HOL site establishment the SFO entered into an assistance agreement with the Salmon Valley Stewardship, a Salmon-based nonprofit organization. Partnerships were developed at the Salmon High School, Middle School and local outfitter shops to strengthen the HOL program.
The purpose for the HOL program is to connect local youth to their public lands. This is accomplished in a number of ways, including hands on learning experiences through an outdoor classroom setting, formal classroom instruction, involvement in community events, and through incorporating outdoor recreation activities.
- Program Description
The Goals and Objectives of the HOL program are intended to provide organization, clarity, focus, and accountability.
GOAL 1: Connect youth to their natural environment. Objectives to help meet this goal: Provide an outdoor classroom opportunity available to all students in the Salmon community. Incorporate physical activity through recreational activities on public lands. Design curriculum that is relevant to their interests and natural surroundings. Incorporate opportunities for internships, job shadows, and employment. Engage youth and youth leaders in stewardship activities that further understanding and stewardship of public lands. Encourage and facilitate youth mentorship through the Art of Design Studio.
GOAL 2: Provide resources to teachers and others who work with youth. Objectives to help meet this goal: (1) Provide teacher stipends to help offset extra work hours. (2) Purchase needed recreation equipment and make it available to youth for no or little cost. (3) Provide opportunities for workshops, trainings, and networking for educators and HOL site staff. (4) Identify state teaching standards that will be met through the HOL program. (5) Incorporate citizen science projects into the HOL program. (Save our Streams) (6) Teach Me’ Campaign to increase the use of education and outreach as a management tool.
Goal 3: Encourage responsible recreation in K-12 schools. Objectives to help meet this goal: (1) Engage youth and youth leaders in stewardship activities that further understanding and stewardship of public lands. (2) Incorporate Tread Lightly! And Leave No Trace ethics into the HOL curriculum. (3) Integrate the Trails and Travel Management Education and Outreach Plan into curriculum and activities where possible. (4) Provide students opportunities to experience recreational activities and practice responsible recreation.
- Hot Topics
Travel Management is a hot topic across public lands nation wide due to the impacts recreational travel may have on existing habitats. The SFO completed a Trails and Travel Management Education and Outreach Plan in 2011 which outlined three main goals: (1) Improve public awareness of and compliance with the Salmon Field Office’s revised travel plan policies; (2) Integrate trail ethics and fun recreational activities w/in school and extracurricular programs; (3) Increase community support of BLM travel plan policies and recreational improvements. The HOL program will incorporate the trails and travel management goals into the curriculum, but will not be limited to those objectives.
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